Day 1: ICDC DECA Competition + Exploring Nashville, TN ♡

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

April 22, 2016

Since I was a finalist at the DECA State competition, I qualified to go to Internationals. This year Internationals took place in Nashville, Tennessee (Anaheim, CA is next year!!!). One of the reasons I really enjoyed Nashville was because of the culture! Downtown Nashville had so many cool shops and fun restaurants with live music. I had a really fun time in Nashville and decided to do a travel journal, like when I went to London over Winter break. Hope you enjoy!

Here is a picture of my friend and I riding the bus to Nashville. It usually takes about 6 1/2 hours in a car, but we rode a charter bus so it took about 9 hours. We left at about 8:30 a.m. EST and arrived at our hotel around 4:30 CT. There is a time change from North Carolina to Tennessee, so when we got to Nashville, our clocks went back one hour. I did some homework on the bus, including reading, annotating and colormarking The Tempest for English class. I also just listened to music and relaxed. We stopped a few times for bathroom breaks and for lunch at Breugger's Bagels. 

The North Carolina and Colorado schools all stayed at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt, which was extremely close to Vanderbilt University. My room was on the opposite side of the campus, so our view was of the park instead. You can see the Parthenon in the back left corner of this picture. It was a gorgeous view, and we also had a balcony to look out on.

Since we arrived later than expected in Nashville, we just walked around our hotel a little bit instead of going to downtown on the first night. This is a picture of my friend and I getting dressed up for dinner. We wanted to get dressed up tonight and go to a fancy dinner with the rest of our roommates.

Here is another picture with a friend getting ready!

Concealer- Maybelline
Foundation- Body Shop
Foundation- Rimmel
Highlighter- Bobbi Brown
Highlighter- NYX
Eyeliner- Essence
Mascara- Avon
Mascara- Benefit
Eyelash Curler- Revlon
Eyebrow Powder- Estee Lauder
Lip Pencil- Nars

My Outfit
Sunglasses- Nordstrom BP
Dress- Glam
Wallet- Carolina Girls
Sandals- Franco Sarto

Of course we had to have a photoshoot in the park, while we were all dressed nicely! One of our friends took the camera and snapped a bunch of great shots of us exploring the park.

Here's a picture of us on the steps of the Parthenon. 

Here's a great picture of the Parthenon!

We had planned on going to Maggiano's for dinner, but it was a far walk. Instead, we decided to find a nice restaurant near the hotel. We ended up going to a place called J. Alexander's, which was a very fancy restaurant. My friends and I sat in a quiet booth in a corner and talked while eating. For dessert we split this chocolate fudge lava cake, which was extremely good! The four of us finished the cake in about 30 seconds! 

After dinner we went back to the park and walked around by the pretty lights. Then we went back to the hotel hotel and hung out with other kids from our school and North Carolina.

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: All thoughts, opinions and photos are mine :)

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